From Oregon to South Carolina, observers of the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in 99 years were awed as the moon blocked out the sun for nearly three minutes.
The Great American Eclipse was witnessed across 14 states, beginning at 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time on the coast of Lincoln City, Oregon, and disappearing at 2:49 p.m. Eastern Time off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.
Millions of people along the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse enjoyed quite a show, or as Michael Zeiler quipped, according to the Daily Mail, "Imagine 20 Woodstock festivals occurring simultaneously across the nation."
Even the time-lapse video from Madras, Oregon, is pretty amazing:
"You weren't kidding about the goosebumps," one man said to a friend, according to The Washington Post.
"You see the stars!" one parishioner outside a church in Idaho Falls exclaimed to the Post.
"I see Venus," said another, followed by a woman yelling, "God is amazing."
The cosmic performance of the century didn’t disappoint.
Whether they were camped out in small towns or packed into large stadiums, Americans from coast to coast donned protective glasses and gazed in awe at the first total solar eclipse to cross the nation since 1918.
The historic eclipse carved a narrow “path of totality” all the way from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Iffy weather temporarily blocked the view in some places, raising anxiety among eclipse watchers, but the clouds ultimately cleared long enough for them to get a glimpse.
“It’s incredible, actually, to be here amongst all these people, and for everybody to come together to see this,” one witness from Illinois told NBC News. “You’ve got all different types of faces and people out there, but they came together for this moment. It’s incredible.”
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